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MADISON — Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen has announced that Jered E. Hellerud has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide as a criminal repeater for supplying the heroin that caused the death of a Trempealeau County man.  A preliminary hearing is scheduled in La Crosse County Circuit Court for August 25 at 11:00 am. 


According to the Criminal Complaint, on the evening of August 16, 2013, Hellerud provided heroin to Robert Gordon.  A witness observed Gordon ingest some of that heroin.  Gordon was found unconscious the next morning and pronounced deceased later that day. A pathologist determined Gordon’s cause of death to be acute morphine intoxication and based upon his findings, opined that it is highly suggestive the death came from heroin use.


First-degree reckless homicide is a C felony, punishable by imprisonment for not more than 40 years or fined not more than $100,000 or both. The criminal repeater provision increases the potential maximum imprisonment by two years.


A criminal complaint is a document accusing a person of a violation of criminal law.  A defendant enjoys a presumption of innocence.  The prosecution must prove its allegations at trial beyond a reasonable doubt.


Trempealeau County District Attorney Taavi McMahon and Assistant Attorney General Karie D. Cattanach are representing the State.  This investigation was conducted by the Trempealeau County Sherriff’s Department and the West Central Metropolitan Enforcement Group.   Victim services are being provided by the La Crosse County victim witness unit.


The complaint is available here.